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Over the Edge Radio

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Over The Edge Radio Archive (Seeland 031). Negativland's live mix radio show "Over The Edge" has been the longest-running block of free-form audio collage in radio history. With Negativland's Don Joyce at the helm, the weekly show was broadcast from KPFA FM in Berkeley California from 1981 to 2015. His death on July 22, 2015 closed a very large and long chapter in the group's history.

Here is how Don and Negativland described Over The Edge in texts drawn from over three decades of promoting the show:

"OTE's weekly themed mixes are made live and spontaneously on the air from a variety of formats and equipment used to do live sound cut ups and collage while mixing, including the frequent use of the now long dead analog technology of radio broadcast cart machines. On each themed episode of OTE there is a plan and there is no plan. Existing within the parallel universe of the Universal Media Netweb, the OTE mix consists of found sounds of many kinds from many sources put together on the run as the continuous audio collage progresses, along with live electronics (often from our Boopers), live sound processing, and all sorts of reccuring themes, topics and characters. Some of the shows involve all of Negativland, while some involve others outside of our group who participate semi-regularly. Beyond those, there are regular solo show broadcasts by Negativland member Don Joyce, who is the FCC license holder and responsible for filling the radio slot each week. All in all, if you like Negativland, you will like these shows, no matter who is involved, as they all maintain a "Negativ" touch based on our live mixing techniques. OTE often employs “Receptacle Programming,” which means you. Phone callers are punched into our mix with no warning. Call 510-848-4425 to deposit your programming. When your phone stops ringing, you’re on the air. Don’t say 'hello'."

A good overview of Over The Edge, Negativland, and Don Joyce's legacy can be found at this link.

Don's detailed 1995 essay about "Over The Edge."

For an informative bio on Negativland's past, present, and future, try this link.

Besides Negativland's many studio recordings, over the years a small selection of Over The Edge shows have been carefully edited into CD releases, often with elaborate packaging, and can be found here.

For updates on what the group is currently up to try Negativland's Facebook page.

NOTE 1: This archive began in September of 2015 by posting 941 three-to-five-hour-long episodes of Over The Edge from Don’s own personal air checks. That's over 3200 hours of live radio. There are still gaps in this archive to be filled over time (especially the early years. The 2015 shows will go live soon), so please contact Negativland at ote@negativland if you have any shows that we are missing. When you do, put "OTE" in the subject line. Our spam filters are set on high, and anything not having that tag will be junked. We're figuring that spam robots are not yet sophisticated enough to understand this paragraph, so we should be safe for a while.

NOTE 2: Individual show descriptions found here are mostly written by Don, but if a show description is missing and you’d like to contribute one, write it up as a "review" of the episode and let us know that you posted it. We are working on new and better ways to search this archive, and if you have ideas about that, drop us a line. And if you are that person who listens to every single show up here, however many years it takes you, please tell us!

NOTE 3: From 1981 to 1985, Over The Edge was on Sunday nights from 2am to 7pm. From 1985 onwards, the show has been on Thursday nights from midnight until either 3am or 5am, depending on which week of the month it was. The show was never on for the first week of each month, which is why there are never 52 shows in any given year.

NOTE 4: Though Over The Edge and Receptacle Programming continues to exist, evolve, and is still broadcasting each week on KPFA FM, this archive consists of the episodes helmed by Don Joyce. Once we have all of 2015 up, it will end on the episode broadcast immediately after his passing, "There Is No Don."

"To create is divine. To reproduce is human." - Man Ray.

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Over the Edge Radio
Aug 25, 2005
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In this radio about radio series, we cover many aspects of how good "wrong" radio can be, and how innovative radio procedures normally shunned in the meek and convention-bound history of radio formats have provided the most interesting listening. Intermixed tonight are Firesign radio, early Bob and Ray from '49, Chris Morris on the BBC, Australian radio on culture jamming, prank calls to religious stations, and a frustrated Howard Stern gradually leaving the constraints of terrestrial...
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Ronald Redball and friends Calvin G. Krebs and Marilyn Page join Mr. Edge in this sequel to "Is This Funny?" After some years of practice, Ronald the semi-professional comedian, returns to ruin yet another show with his special untamed brand of rebellious incompetence. It's just a big radio embarrassment with semi-scripted features including "Problems Solved" and "Nirvana Nightline," constant babbling, garbled mixing, and some nice singing by Marilyn. It makes no...
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Ronald Redball and friends Calvin G. Krebs and Marilyn Page join Mr. Edge in this sequel to "Is This Funny?" After some years of practice, Ronald the semi-professional comedian, returns to ruin yet another show with his special untamed brand of rebellious incompetence. It's just a big radio embarrassment with semi-scripted features including "Problems Solved" and "Nirvana Nightline," constant babbling, garbled mixing, and some nice singing by Marilyn. It makes no...
Topic: Series: How Radio Isn't Done
Over the Edge Radio
Sep 29, 2005
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This five hour edition moves on and on with all our continuing radio characters like Negativland doing an interminably incompetent broadcast from WNUR, Evanston Ill. while on tour in 2000, the continuing free-dum saga of Howard Stern, an entry from "Another UFO" in which Art Bell is debunked and Jackie Gleeson interrogates the author of a 50s UFO book on the Long John Neble Show, Chris Morris with "On The Hour" from the early 90s BBC, People Like Us, and more.
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Over the Edge Radio
Oct 13, 2005
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The vastness of how radio isn't done continues, including Firesign Theatre, God, the Beatles, Howard Stern, Tom Donahue, Dick Vaughn, Negativland on the BBC's "Mixing It", Bob and Ray, the final end of that tour broadcast from Evanston Ill., and we wind it up with some over the edge Islamic broadcasting with Patti Smith.
Topic: Series: How Radio Isn't Done
Over the Edge Radio
Oct 14, 2005
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Over the Edge: How Radio Isn't Done Pt. 5
Topic: Series: How Radio Isn't Done
Over the Edge Radio
Nov 3, 2005
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Tonight I play the recent live performance by Negativland of "It's All In Your Head FM" from the El Ray in LA and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. It's two plus hours of why there is no God, performed as a radio show on stage. We finish out this 3 hours with more of how radio isn't done, including the infamous Casey Kasim U2 cut that got us sued so long ago. Now it seems so innocent. -- Don Joyce
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Over the Edge Radio
Nov 10, 2005
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On we go with lots more unrepentant radio. Firesign Theatre, Bob and Ray, Howard Stern, and the inimitably dead Dick Vaughn help to bring you wrong listening, stopping only for some 60s music broadcasting nostalgia.
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Over the Edge Radio
Nov 17, 2005
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The cast of characters remains more or less the same, but there's so much of them you still have never heard most of it before. From the best of OTE to the LA riots and the Duchess Of Earl, you'll wonder whatever happened to radio.
Topic: Series: How Radio Isn't Done
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 1, 2005
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This edition focuses on indecency in media, including clips from a recent Congressional hearing on the subject intimating that the rise of unencumbered speech and imagery in both cable TV and satellite radio has hit the FCC radar as probably requiring the same languageimage prohibitions that terrestrial broadcasting is now subject to. Also, the Weatherman's Come Out Line, more of Howard Stern's tempestuous radio troubles, perversion for profit, and sexy songs.
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Over the Edge Radio
Dec 8, 2005
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Indecency continues but even more so. "Dirty word this and dirty word that" peppers Hip Hop to the brim while lots of songs about explicit sex play through. Congressional hearings continue, as does Howard Stern's mission in life. Here on terrestrial radio, I just hope no one notices this show. But it is surprising how harmless this stuff becomes in no time at allÉ
Topic: Series: How Radio Isn't Done
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 15, 2005
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Yes, it just goes on and on, something like the inevitable human tendency to do the wrong thing, even when they know what that is. Kant's philosophy in radio, Congress, Stern, religious broadcasting jams, the word, "fuck" explained, more Weatherman, and receptacle programming.
Topic: Series: How Radio Isn't Done
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 22, 2005
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Long time caller, Suicide Man, joins me, Izzy Isn't, to co-host "The Suicide Hotline" in which we invite all comments and proposals concerning the timeless human right to do it. Mostly a call-in talk show whose purpose is to enable and encourage suicide, we cover the history, traditions and future potentials of suicide as a reasonable response to life as we know it.
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Over the Edge Radio
Dec 29, 2005
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This final show in '05 is a five hour edition rambling through extensive sections of uncertain 80s radio links with Radio Moscow, including a WBAI experiment and The Time Zones Exchange Project from Negativland, as well as more on indecency in media, including Howard Stern's on-air call to FCC Chairman Powell appearing on KGO in San Francisco, and religion in radio.
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Over the Edge Radio
Jan 12, 2006
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This time it's pirate radio. We delve into the problems of Richard Dunnifer's Radio Free Berkeley, the history of England's Radio Caroline while the Beatles do take after take, several other UK pirate stations on shore and off, and Disney's Pirates Of The Caribbean emote throughout. This is radio walking the plank.
Topic: Series: How Radio Isn't Done
Over the Edge Radio
Jan 19, 2006
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The beginning of this show finishes off all the pirate radio material, domestic and foreign, and then we move on to more Congressional hearings on media control and indecency, Mr. Stern arrives on Sirius satellite radio, Firesign radio, and more.
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Over the Edge Radio
Jan 26, 2006
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Bits from the recent Congressional hearings on indecency continue with a vengeance as Howard Stern shows some of his own. The community speaks before an FCC hearing on media monopoly, the BBC as edited by People Like Us, the Firesign Theatre answers the phone, and live receptacle programming input just for spice.
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The series refocuses on one individual, Richard Lyons, founding member of Negativland, whose radio characters (Pastor Dick, Dick Goodbody, and Dick Vaughn) have graced OTE programs since the early 80s. We review this "legend of radio" through many segments of Pastor Dick shows, including endless Bible Quizzes, and Dick Goodbody contests on TV and commercial product trivia. A genius of how radio isn't done.
Topic: Series: How Radio Isn't Done
Over the Edge Radio
Feb 16, 2006
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We continue with this tribute to one of radio's greatestÉ. Well, maybe not. Anyway, many OTE segments from the past highlight Richard Lyon's on-air character, Dick Goodbody, and his many contests testing the public's knowledge of cars and T V products. Through a whole array of elaborate quiz formats, Dick Goodbody exploited American trivia and became radio's most beloved source of annoyance.
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Don't worry, this is the last one. But we couldn't sum up the career of Richard Lyons without focusing on his culmination of radio disconcertion, Dick Vaughn. This guy was all about Moribund Music Of The 70s, and he did it first. Bringing 70s nostalgia to the early 80s, Dick Vaughn shrewdly tapped in to all that music that captivated his listener demographics when they were in high school, and they rewarded him with somewhat questionable devotion. Then he died in a plane crash. Well, let's move...
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Over the Edge Radio
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The Chopping Channel returns with lots and lots full of ear flattering cuts. Bud Choke, Velma, and Help Suit join electronics to sell all night sound to all night people all night long. Culture's bargain bin of devalued music is now conveniently affordable for all.
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Over the Edge Radio
Apr 13, 2006
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Over the Edge: How Radio Isn't Done 21 The Amateurs
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Over the Edge Radio
Apr 20, 2006
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UMN once again attempts to prove that letting listeners provide all the program's content via telephone still doesn't work. The lines stay full all night as listeners air their thoughts and expressions amid ever changing music and sounds, including Howard Stern's first test broadcast on Sirius.
Topic: Series: How Radio Isn't Done
Over the Edge Radio
Sep 28, 2006
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After some opening announcements by Izzy Isn't, we start creeping into the mid Ô60s with DJs of the time, all the hits, lots of Andy Warhol, H bomb love, the Beatles in the studio, and Bob Dylan's 1965 Newport "electric surprise" show introduced by Jumpin' Jack Jackson.
Topic: Series: How Radio Was Done
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 28, 2006
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More Beatles on the Magical Mystery Tour, The Porch Patrol's Oldie McOlderson is live in the studio to interview Izzy Isn't concerning his draft dodging days, the San Francisco music scene continues to develop, and it's a 1967 New Years celebrity explosion at KRLA in Los Angeles.
Topic: Series: How Radio Was Done